Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be nearly 100 times worse inside than outdoors. The American Lung Association found that most people spend 90% of their time inside, making it critical for homeowners to be aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) in Austin.

Many regular household things cause bad indoor air quality, like:

  • Chemicals found in carpet, furniture, upholstery and drapes
  • Cleaning products
  • Paint
  • Personal care items

The tight construction of today's houses also contributes greatly to poor IAQ. Fixtures like weather stripping and storm doors are designed to decrease heating and cooling expenses. However, they also block proper ventilation by keeping inside air in and outdoor air out. The consequence may be a buildup of vapors inside your residence.

Inferior IAQ can be a direct or indirect trigger of some health issues. Medical groups have found that as many as half of all illnesses are caused or worsened by indoor air pollution.

Pollutants within your residence can create flu-like sickness such as headaches, nausea and respiratory inflammation. It can also worsen allergies and asthma.

Adequate ventilation also is an important part of bettering indoor air quality, since it decreases the level of indoor pollutants.